Wednesday, October 12, 2022

What I Buy Wednesday

Well, you can't go to wine country and not buy wine! So, that's what we did. But, we did restrain ourselves and only bought 4 bottles.

Yesterday, we went back to Napa for a couple more wine tastings. We started with Beringer--that place was amazing!

Beringer Winery is the oldest, continuous-running winery in Napa--since 1872. They only produce their premium, reserve wines here--those you can't find in the grocery store. The ones in the grocery stores are what they call the "mass-produced" wines. 

We had lunch at the Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch. Another gorgeous place with great food. Butch and I shared the tomato bisque--some of the best I've ever had--and a pulled pork sandwich with potato salad. So good! In fact, we shared all of our meals--which we really like to do. It's always enough food and allows us to enjoy an appetizer, soup or salad too without it being too much.

After lunch, we went back to "old town" Napa. We stopped at a vinegar store for a tasting. Some of them were good, but my problem is that I don't know what to do with them. Of course, they give you suggestions--salad dressing, sauces, glazes, etc. Well, I don't really do any of that. If I did, I would need a recipe. I'm not a cook that just makes up stuff. 

We had one last tasting of Housley wines. The owner was quite entertaining. We judged him to be about 50 based on the dates he went to college in Nashville! He's had quite a life already. He grew up on the family winery, went off to Belmont in Nashville where he played baseball. He went on to the minor leagues and ultimately became a news reporter for NBC. He covered all kinds of things from political to war to celebrities. Anyway, he settled down with his wife, Tamera Mowry from the 90's show Sister, Sister, and kids back at the family winery. It was a great last tasting. 
By the time we finished here, I was "wined" out. I stopped at Starbucks on the way back to the car for my iced tea. Ahhhh!

We stopped in Sausalito at the Seafood Factory for dinner. Butch and I shared the Crab and Shrimp Louis salad and the crab cakes. Really good! 

We're on the way home today--not due back in Nashville until about 8:30 p.m. It's going to be late by the time we get to the house. 

What I learned on this trip:
I don't know crap about wines. Honestly, by the end of the trip, I couldn't tell one from the other. I might not even like wines!


  1. I don't know too much about wines either, apart from the fact that I don't like 'oaked' wines. I don't think I've ever been to a wine tasting and I'm not sure that I would be able to just swish the wine around my mouth and not swallow it so I'd probably ended up sozzled by the end of the day!
    My children used to love 'Sister Sister' - it's always interesting to find out what child actors end up doing!

  2. We have done many wine tastings, and even an olive oil tasting at Round Pond. But we will have to put a vinegar tasting on our list for next time we are out in Wine Country. Where exactly was it? I am sure olive and vinegar could have many complementary recipes, which would be good, because we didn't use as much of the olive oil when we got back as we should have.


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